Nation: And Now It Begins--Sort Of

Iowa is the first revealing, if confusing, test of the campaign.

I've never seen so many politicians in my life," said the bewildered newsstand lady in downtown Des Moines. Understandably, she could not begin to keep straight all the presidential candidates who were hurrying past. Her sentiments were shared by other lowans, whose votes have never been so energetically courted in the history of their state. To win or make a good showing in the Jan. 21 party caucuses—the first real test of the long presidential campaign—all the candidates of both parties are crisscrossing the frozen state, landing their small aircraft...

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